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Food and Farm Program Coordinator Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

  • Date Posted September 24, 2021
  • Location Richmond, VT
  • Category Agriculture / Education
  • Job type Full-Time
Company description The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’Food and Farm Program is a dynamic youth development,diversifiedagricultureand food security initiative.At VYCC, we believe in the power that food has to connect us to the land,our community, and each other.Weengage young people inorganic farmingandculinary educationon ourhistoric400-acrecampus in Richmond, Vermont.Annually, the program produces 11 acresoforganically certifiedvegetablesand600pasture raised chickenswhicharedistributedto 400families through our nationally recognizedHealthCare Shareproject. The Heath Care Shareis a public healthinitiativethat connectsVermont families whoexperience barrierstoaccessinglocally grown produceorhaveadiet-related illness with a weeklyvegetable sharethey pickup atpartnering medical centers. Each year the program provides employmentopportunities to youth and young adultsfromVermont andaround the countrywho assist in the daily operationsof the farm. Additionally, theprogram has a strongfood component that connects theworkwe doin the fieldandthe food on ourplates, by preparing lunch from the farm every work day in the summer and sharingcelebratorymealssourced fromourfarm with the larger community. Job description

Job SummaryThe Food and Farm Program Coordinator is focused on, and excited about, creating an impactful VYCC experience for all participants. The work includes overseeing Corps Member recruitment, hiring, training, crew support and supervision, volunteer coordination, and program planning. Working closely with the Food and Farm Team, other Program Staff, and the Administrative Team, they are an integral part of a highly motivated group that develops and implements programs connected to land, food, community, and health. The Food and Farm Program Coordinator has both supervisory and administrative responsibilities in the field and in the office.  

Program Design, Planning, and Support: 

  • In collaboration with Food and Farm Program Manager, design and implement Crew Leader Training and Crew Member Orientation 
  • Assist with planning and organization of program events such as crew startups, mid-season celebrations, and closures 
  • Analyze and incorporate ongoing feedback to refine and improve programming 
  • Support the development and implementation of both professional development and education for Leaders and Members 
  • Assist with the management of crew logistics including uniforms, bus schedules, and gear loans 
  • Complete end of season wrap-up, data entry, and program reporting 
  • Collaborate actively and effectively with VYCC colleagues  

Program Implementation: 

  • Supervise, train, and mentor Crew Leaders  
  • Orient Crews to work projects and ensure successful implementation by holding Crews to a high work standard  
  • Assist Crews in navigating group dynamics, while cultivating an inclusive VYCC culture and powerful learning experience  
  • In collaboration with Food and Farm Team, provide Crews with education and professional development opportunities 
  • Evaluate, document, and report on program achievements and challenges 
  • Coordinate all aspects of our volunteer program, including recruitment, scheduling, data tracking, and follow up communication 

Recruitment and Hiring: 

  • Lead the Crew Member interview and hiring process  
  • Collaborate on configuring crews and placing members; assist with Crew hiring database 
  • Assist in the recruitment of Field Supervisor and Food and Farm Crew Leaders in coordination with Food and Farm Program Manager and Recruitment Team 
  • Hold a commitment to recruit and hire applicants from diverse backgrounds who will create an inclusive environment on crews   
  • Plan and participate in outreach events at local high schools, universities, and partner organizations 
  • Update and improve interview and onboarding materials 
  • Assist with creating outreach/marketing materials as well as Corps Member positions descriptions 

Other Responsibilities 

  • Orient new staff to the campus and farm if they arrive after hours or the weekend 
  • Assist with additional VYCC programs as needed and appropriate 

Desired Skills & Experience 

  • Experience working with young people and a passion for youth development 
  • Experience in educational programming, including developing and delivering trainings for youth and young adults 
  • Experience with project management and interacting with community partners 
  • Experience teaching, facilitating, and managing group dynamics 
  • Experience supervising, supporting, and providing feedback to teams or crews  
  • Exceptional time management, organizational and communication skills, attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusiveness, and empowerment 
  • Ability to handle multiple, often competing,priorities 
  • Flexible, motivated, responsible and willing to both take direction and work independently 
Our salary range for this position is $35,568 - $38,500 Compensation this position is : salaried, 35k-50k Application instructions Please click here to sign in and view application details.
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